August 14, 2013

NAMEDROPPER: Grimes dishes on the OL

AUBURN | J.B. Grimes knew spring practice, his first with the Tigers' offensive line, was going to be rough.

And it was. The Auburn linemen needed time to learn new habits and break old ones, though their 58-year-old position coach felt confident after the A-Day game. Every active player improved. They had conformed to the new paradigm.

Summer changed all that.

Grimes said recently that his group once again is trying to regain the refined techniques demonstrated in April. Just a few months away from structured practice has a damning effect on how players block.

"They reverted," Grimes said. "I mean, it happens. Old habits are hard to break. We've got 29 (fall) practices … so we have a chance to fix some things. What you have to drill into them is: Do you have the discipline when you go out there under the lights … against Washington State and to not revert when the bullets are flying?"

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